UK house prices rose 6.1% in the year to September, up from 5.5% annual inflation in the year to August.
According to the Office for National Statistics, house price inflation was 6.4% in England, 1.1% in both Wales and Scotland, and 10.2% in Northern Ireland.
In England, annual house price increases were driven by the rises in the east at 8.4% and in the south-east at 7.4%.
Excluding London and the south-east, UK house prices rose by 5% in the 12 months to September. In London, annual house price inflation stood at 7.2%.
The average UK “mix-adjusted” house price in September was £286,000.
In England the average house price was £299,000, in Wales £175,000, in Scotland £199,000 and in Northern Ireland £162,000.
In London, the average house price was £531,000. The region with the lowest house price, at £158,000, was the north-east.
The prices are remarkably close to Rightmove’s asking prices for new property coming on the market within the last month. This week, Rightmove reported the average as £292,572.